Fall 2011

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It's almost here! The 35th Annual CAGT Conference is just weeks away.

This year's event titled Connections: Building the Future for Gifted Students promises to be one to remember.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Just for Parents at This Year's Conference


Presents  the  2011  Parent  Institute  

Connections: Building the Future for Your Gifted Students


Monday,  October  10,  2011   Marriott  Denver  Tech  Center,  Evergreen  Ballroom 

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A Message From the President


Where did the summer go?  Did you have time to look over the books I suggested?  Did you have an opportunity to rejuvenate your body, mind and energy level? I hope you did, because we are back at school and into the full swing of the year!

            As I visited schools this week, I noticed a high level of energy- from the teachers, students and administrators.  Everyone wants success but we need to collaborate to make this goal a reality. 

            So what do we need to do and how do we do it?  As I learned at a conference this summer, we need skill and we need will.  There are some wonderful ideas on the NAGC website:http://www.nagc.org/backtoschool.aspx.  This “Back to School Kit” has lots of information for parents, teachers, students and administrators.  Our fall CAGT conference, October 10-11 will provide even more opportunities to learn from our keynote speakers, and our wonderful presenters.  Our evening Parent Institute will give parents lots of time to speak with “experts” on various topics.

            Now, let’s address the “will”.  It takes lots of time, energy and collaboration to support the needs of gifted learners. Our current financial situation in the state will continue to pit groups against each other.  The Lobato case, currently in the district courts, will also push our state to address the issue of adequate funding for all students. Keep up to date on the progress of this court case by going to this website:  http://lobatocase.org/.

            If you haven’t registered for the 2011 CAGT Conference, go our website, www.coloradogifted.org and click on the tab marked “Registration”. We are looking forward to connecting up with you in October.


Cheryl Franklin-Rohr

CAGT President




NAGC and CAGT are pleased to announce the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award winner for the school year 2010-2011.   CAGT is proud to have such an outstanding student in our state.  This year's winner for the state of Colorado is Evan Sullivan.  Evan attended Pine Lane Intermediate as a fifth grade student during the 2010-2011 school year.  Evan was nominated for his excellence in musical theater, academics and his ability to perceive how his talents might be of use in his future.  His student composition was very creatively written and showed exceptional communication skills. His award will be presented to him at this year's CAGT conference.


Originally funded by the Nicholas Green Foundation and NAGC, this award program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children grades 3 through 6. One child per state can be named a Nicholas Green Distinguished Student and that winner receives a $500 U.S. savings bond and an NAGC Certificate of Excellence.


The Nicholas Green Foundation was established by Maggie and Reg Green to honor the memory of their seven-year-old son Nicholas who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting Italy in 1994.  The Nicholas Green Scholarship Fund has already awarded scholarships to high-ability high school and college students to enable them to advance their education. The Greens started the Distinguished Student Awards because they wanted to recognize young people that are working hard to make the most of their lives and develop their unique gifts and talents, and who are now about the age that Nicholas was when he died. The Nicholas Green Foundation began funding these awards in the 1998 – 1999 school year.


A Student Perspective



Throughout my 12 years as a student, I have had teachers who have used a variety of different methods to teach their curriculum. Some of these methods have been extremely effective, while others have been completely ineffective. In my experience, the teaching method where I learned the most and performed the best was when I was an active part of the learning process. In order for this method to work, the teacher had to be extremely knowledgeable the subject matter. The most effective learning that I have seen occurred when the teacher gave basic guidelines but allowed the students to explore the content on their own and collaborate with other students to learn the material. Throughout this process, the teacher was available to support the learning process by explaining any concepts that the students did not understand, and by providing practice work that reinforced and checked learning. The teacher would also go around and help the students as they collaborated, a method that was much more effective than simply lecturing the students. It was useful for the teachers to give a short talk at the beginning of a topic to introduce the topic and point the students in the right direction, but once this was done the students learned far more effectively by exploring the subject matter and learning in the way that suited them best. This method of teaching completely contradicts the long standing belief in the educational system that the best way to teach is to spoon feed information to students and have them memorize facts to write down when the test comes, after which it is forgotten. True learning occurs when students are given the freedom to explore, coupled with the guidance of a teacher who is well versed in the subject matter.

-Logan, CAGT Student Representative


Is It a Cheetah?

By Stephanie S. Tolan

© 1996 Stephanie S. Tolan

It's a tough time to raise, teach or be a highly gifted child. As the term "gifted" and the unusual intellectual capacity to which that term refers become more and more politically incorrect, the educational establishment changes terminology and focus.

Giftedness, a global, integrative mental capacity, may be dismissed, replaced by fragmented "talents" which seem less threatening and theoretically easier for schools to deal with. Instead of an internal developmental reality that affects every aspect of a child's life, "intellectual talent" is more and more perceived as synonymous with (and limited to) academic achievement.


>> To read this article in it's entirety click here
Upcoming Events

The University of Denver’s Institute for the Development of Gifted Education Annual Conference: Oct. 12-13, 2011

The University of Denver’s Institute for the Development of Gifted Education—in following its mission to impact the field of gifted education through research, publication, and outreach—works to help educators, policy makers, and parents have a deeper understanding of intellectual giftedness. In conjunction with the Ricks Center for Gifted Children, the Institute sponsors periodic gifted education conferences for school practitioners, graduate students, and university professors interested in learning about the development of curriculum and socio-emotional awareness to be utilized specifically with gifted learners. These conferences, annually held in October, host participants from across the country. Past conferences addressed themes of: integrated curriculum, advanced learners, highly gifted children, and early childhood of gifted children. From October 12-13, 2011, presenters at the “Articulate, Adamant and Abstract: Unwrapping the Gifted Adolescent” IDGE Conference will focus on topics of interest surrounding gifted adolescents.


BVGT Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented, have a slew of upcoming events to check out. To see the list of events including dates and times, please click on the link below. >> BVGT


Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and

Math Dr. M.R.E. Richards

Fall 2011

As fall beckons with crisp air and changing leaves, I am sending some of the most intriguing resource I have found your way. Enjoy the downloadable list below!


Happy Hunting! 

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The 2011-2012 Western Academic Talent Search is still accepting applications. for more information please see the link below. >> The Center for Bright Kids Website Link

  • Welcome
  • What is Gifted?
  • Colorado & Gifted

Every child has a right to learn something new everyday. Gifted children thrive in learning environments that present challenge and wonder throughout school lessons and activities. Welcome to Colorado's gifted community, where educators, families and community advocates partner for support, instruction, and information in the education of gifted children. This partnership motivates the implementation of school and district goals that provide appropriate educational opportunities for gifted student. The shared responsibility of implementing these goals fosters development of gifted exceptional potential over time.

As a statewide advocacy group, we are focused on improving the lives and opportunities of gifted students. This is accomplished in four main areas:

1) helping people understand the characteristics of gifted students,

2) training teachers in different strategies to create dynamic classrooms that challenge and engage gifted students,

3) providing families with information on how to advocate for the unique needs (both academic and affective) of their gifted students, and

4) supporting statewide and national laws and policies that assure gifted and talented students access to appropriate academic and social-emotional programs.

JOIN us as we strive to improve the educational opportunities for the gifted and talented children of Colorado!

Gifted is a social construct that describes a child/student with exceptional potential given culture, language, and traits of exceptionality. Getting to know the student, his/her interests and family priorities are essential to understand a student’s area of strength and gifted capabilities.

Two common definitions addressed by Colorado educators and parents are from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). The CDE definition drives state and local policy to implement gifted education program plans.

The NAGC definition provides a holistic construct for reflection and programming.

Giftedness can best be understood by looking at a list of “common” gifted characteristics. But please keep in mind, these characteristics might present in very different ways in different people.

A dynamic expression of “gifted” is often expressed by the term “asynchronous” development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create experiences that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching, and counseling in order to develop optimally." The Columbus Group (1991)

There are 68,663 identified gifted students in Colorado as of the 2014-2015 school year.  That equates to 7.7% of the total student enrollment.  All 58 Administrative Units report they have procedures in place to identify gifted students.  The 2014-2015 gifted education categorical line item in the state education budget was $10,010,269.  Any additional money for gifted education would be budgeted from individual school districts.

Terms that gifted families should be aware of in public schools throughout Colorado:  Exceptional Children’s Education Act, Early Access, Concurrent Enrollment, RtI (Response to Intervention), 2e (Twice-Exceptional), ALP (Advanced Learning Plan), and ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan).

Listed below are the state definitions for Colorado.  While the state definitions include age requirements, it is important to remember that these ages are defined only for the purpose of receiving services.

The state definition in the Colorado Exceptional Children’s Education Act CRS 22-20-202 (6)…  "Gifted child" means a person from four to twenty-one years of age whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishments are so outstanding that he or she requires special provisions to meet his or her educational needs.

The state rules for Exceptional Children’s Education Act (1CCR 301-8, Section 12) expand the definition to….  “Gifted and Talented Children” means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Gifted and talented children are hereafter referred to as gifted students. Children under five who are gifted may also be provided with early childhood special educational services. Gifted students include gifted students with disabilities (i.e. twice exceptional) and students with exceptional abilities or potential from all socio-economic and ethnic, cultural populations.

Gifted students are capable of high performance, exceptional production, or exceptional learning behavior by virtue of any or a combination of these areas of giftedness: 

1) General or Specific Intellectual Ability,

2) Specific Academic Aptitude,

3) Creative or Productive Thinking,

4) Leadership Abilities, and

5) Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Musical or Psychomotor Abilities.


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